Professor William Vandry’s View- May 2012 The Vandry Racehorse Theory

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Professor William Vandry’s View – May 2012

The Vandry Racehorse theory: pain, arthritis, degenerative joint, tendon and ligaments, why athletes are so unhealthy, and medical doctors own health statistics and cholesterol life span

Back in a past article I wrote (William Vandry BJJ in My Eyes: Athletes, Anxiety, Depression and the Vandry Racehorse Theory!), there was a tremendous amount of data regarding the above mentioned issues with athletes and people in general.

And before that there was another article that stimulated these topics for me to write about:  BJJ In My Eyes April 2010: Treat Yourself like a racehorse! (Vitamins and Minerals, Sleep and Pillow alignment, Inflammation and Magnesium, Serrapeptaste and Curcumin, Stress, Chiropractics and Massage).
Arthritis, degenerative joint, tendon and ligaments
I have noticed over the years many students in BJJ class that train, weight train, cardiovascular training, etc., are in great shape.  I have some really committed athletes at my academy in Austin, Texas.  They train so hard and could train 7 days a week. When I was a teenager, I did not notice as much arthritis or any other degenerative conditions as today.
My first article on a term I coined the Vandry Racehorse Theory was a term that fit my description of a person’s overall run for the long road.  This has been covered in past articles on issues anywhere from inflammation, stress, chiropractics to anxiety and depression.
As in people, pain is a very common subject in society.  Look at your local medical center.  Look at our neighbors.  Everyone in society seems to have either a past knee surgery, back surgery, bad back, chronic pain, and all of these seem to be related more and more of a higher percentage to our joints, tendons and ligaments.

The following statistics highlight the significant number of people in the US in pain and the impact of business and society (3):

– More than half of Americans live with chronic or recurrent pain.

– Leading causes of recurrent or persistent pain affecting Americans are headache pain, back pain, and neck pain.

-About four in 10 Americans say pain interferes with their mood, activities, sleep, ability to do work or enjoyment of life. Two-thirds report interference with any one of these.

Incidence of pain, as compared to major conditions

Pain affects more Americans than diabetes, heart disease and cancer combined.  The chart below depicts the number of chronic pain sufferers compared to other major health conditions.

Condition Number of Sufferers Source
Chronic Pain 116 million Americans Institute of Medicine of The National Academies (2)
Diabetes 25.8 million Americans
(diagnosed and estimated undiagnosed)
American Diabetes Association (3)
Coronary Heart Disease
(heart attack and chest pain)
16.3 million Americans7.0 million Americans American Heart Association (4)
Cancer 11.9 million Americans American Cancer Society (5)

Let’s open up the subject for all you folks out there with the pains, aches, shoulders falling off.  Look at our daily solutions…nsaids, Tylenol, cortisone shots,etc.

“The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) warns that people using NSAIDs may have a higher risk of having a heart attack or stroke.”

“Even at normal NSAID dosages, people with compromised kidney function can develop NSAID toxicity” (1).

“Adverse effects of NSAIDs cause 103,000 hospitalizations and 16,500 deaths per year in the United States” (2).

“In patients with such a history, however, use of NSAIDs (aside from low-dose aspirin) was associated with more than 10-fold increase in heart failure” (3).

” You may as well wear a sign, ‘Please kill my kidneys’” (4 Rice University).

The use of non-steroid anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAID) has commonly resulted in internal bleeding and stomach ulcers. Every year over 100,000 individuals are hospitalized and over 15,000 people die as a direct result of NSAID consumption. In America alone 50 people die every day as a result of medicating with common NSAIDs like Ibuprofen.

Common side effects of NSAIDs:

  • Stomach ulcers and gastrointestinal bleeding
  • Increased blood pressure
  • Delayed digestion
  • Dizziness
  • Tinnitus (ringing in the ear)
  • Headache
  • Depression
  • Kidney damage
  • Erectile dysfunction

Dr. Walter Peterson, the professor emeritus of medicine at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas, stated, “consumers usually have no idea of the toxicity of OTC [over-the-counter] drugs”, he went on to say, “They believe that because they are OTC, they are safe.”

Athletes and NSAIDs:

Two of the most common side effects of NSAIDs are severe damage to the renal (kidneys) and gastrointestinal (GI) systems. Renal damage can be reversible and has been known to occur as a result of short and long term consumption of NSAIDs. Dehydration can increase the chance of renal damage as well as being diabetic NSAIDs also change the water and sodium balancing function which can have a severe impact on intense athletic situations with high heat and prolonged activity. GI damage like stomach ulcers can be potentially lethal. Bleeding ulcers have resulted due the inhibited platelet formation which also impacts other internal and external injuries.

Individuals who consume NSAIDs also have an impaired response to viruses and bacteria which decrease the body’s ability to combat infectious diseases. This is a result of neutrophils (one type of white blood cell) deficiency.

“I strongly recommend against the routine use of NSAIDs during training and racing. They will not make you faster, nor help you recover quicker. The use of these medications during very challenging conditions, such as an Ironman, is particularly dangerous. You may as well wear a sign, “Please kill my kidneys”’, says Sports Medicine at Rice University

High mortality and morbidity rates:

307,590 calls to US Poison Control Centers were made as a result of NSAIDs in 2007. This means that over 80,000 calls a day are made, according to the American Association of Poison Control Centers National Poison Data System (AAPCC NPDS).

The New England Journal of Medicine published an article in June of 1999 that stated, “It has been estimated conservatively that 16,500 NSAID-related deaths occur… every year in the United States” More deaths occur every year from NSAIDs than acquired immunodeficiency syndrome, cervical cancer, or Hodgkin’s disease.

Despite the severity of NSAID toxicity, it remains a silent epidemic. The numbers are equivalent to the 15th leading cause of death (10).

The Food and Drug Administration suggests even higher figures, estimating NSAID use accounts for 10,000 to 20,000 deaths a year. These figures are comparable to Hodgkin’s disease or acquired immunodeficiency syndrome and represents a serious problem.” (12)

In spite of this knowledge, the FDA did little to warn consumers. Over time certain NSAID medications that were especially toxic were withdrawn or banned. Research has slowly progressed to find less toxic NSAIDs or to find other medications that will counteract the damage being created, but there was no large-scale public alert about the potential hazards of these drugs. Instead the FDA opted to simply provide a warning label on NSAIDs.

Minerals dealing with the nutrition and athlete…

The controversial Dr. Joel Wallach, a veterinarian doctor and naturopathic doctor has claimed some very interesting points on minerals in the daily life and with disease.

First, Dr. Joel Wallach is degreed and has a DVM license, and a ND license.  So do many others in alternative medicine, such as my favorite doctor on earth, Dr. Sherry Rogers, who has the best information for recovering, disease, nutrition and health.  Dr. Rogers is also an M.D. for forty years, and has practiced medicine in the fields of the future.

Dr. Sherry Rogers, M.D. 69 going on 29

This brilliant medical doctor also does not have one grey hair on her head, plays two hours of tennis each morning and she herself has overcome 18 diseases by doing her research – the medical journals.  And she is 69 years old.  She looks around mid thirties. I have learned so much from her books.

Dr. Sherry Rogers MD, is a Fellow of the American College of Allergy and Immunology and a Diplomate of the American Academy of Environmental Medicine,  Dr. Roger’s is a member of the outstanding Healthy, Wealthy and Wise Health Staff, with regular appearances together with Frank Jordan on the HWW Radio Show.

Dr. Rogers lectures on her original scientific material worldwide, as well as giving advanced courses for physicians. She developed the Formaldehyde Spot Test and published her mold research in three volumes of the Annals of Allergy.  She has published chemical testing methods in the National Institutes of Health Journal, Environmental Health Perspectives.

In addition, she has published multiple scientific articles, authored 13 books including her most recent,  “Is Your Cardiologist Killing You?”, “The High Cholesterol Hoax,” “The High Blood Pressure Hoax”, “Detoxify or Die” and “Pain Free” and been environmental editor for Internal Medicine World Report.  Dr. Rogers has appeared on numerous television and radio programs, in addition to Healthy, Wealthy and Wise and writes monthly articles for health magazines, plus her own newsletter, “Total Wellness.”

For more information, visit Dr. Rogers’ website:

Why athletes are unhealthy

Back to Wallach.  I found some interesting studies on his studies, these are his posts on real athletes and actual doctors:

Jim Fixx, famous jogger

“I want you to think about Jim Fixx, who died in 1984 at age 52.  Jim Fixx was running 10 miles a day from the early 60’s believing that if you ran 10 miles a day seven days a week you could live to be over 100.  And he refused to take vitamins and minerals because he believed he would muddy the water and he wanted to prove that it was the exercise that helped you live to be over 100.  And so he refused to take any vitamins and minerals and trace minerals, and when he was 52 years old he had 5 cardiomyopathy heart attacks.  Five Selenium deficiency heart attacks in his 52nd year.  The 5th one killed him.  When they did the autopsy on Jim Fix, they said “Gosh, his arteries are as clean as a newborn baby’s”, but he had a huge technical problem, his heart was dead.  Doesn’t matter how clean your arteries are if your heart is dead it doesn’t matter, does it?”

Dr. Michael P. Artise, M.D., Cardiologist

“Well here’s the last one on exercise before we get into the longevity.  Dr. Michael P. Artise, 38 years old, was also a runner, and this guy ran all through Junior High and High School, and college and medical school, and when he graduated he still loved exercise and believed it was good for you.  And he tried to carry this love of exercise to his patients so he gave them a 10% discount on his medical services if they would run with him 2 weeks out of every month.  Now this particular fateful day, Dr. Michael P. Artise, 38 years old, was jogging with a big group, gallery of his patients, kind of like Forest Gump, running down this road, and he collapsed and died in front of his horrified patients.  But it was billing week, so nobody stopped to give him CPR because they didn’t want to lose that 10% discount on his services.”

Dr. Wallach on Arthritis:

“If there’s blood supply to that joint and that bone, they will regrow bone and cartilage. Well, Harvard Medical School goes berserk when you say stuff like that.  “Wallach, you can’t say those things!  And the only thing left when they get bone to bone arthritis is joint-replacement surgery.”  And I would agree with him if the only raw materials you are using is Tylenol and aspirin and Prednizone and Cortisone.  We have learned over 50 years that you can’t regrow cartilage and bones using those things.

Now one of the basic  things, of course, that the Harvard Medical School jumped on and said “this is so ridiculous that this couldn’t work!”  And so they took 29 arthritis patients who had not responded in any way to heroic medical treatment for arthritis over 15 to 20 years.  They took them off their medication, it wasn’t working anyway, lined them up for joint-replacement surgery, and for 90 days before their surgery they gave them heaping tablespoon of ground up chicken cartilage in their orange juice every morning for 90 days.  They were sort of chuckling in their beer saying “nothing is going to happen”.  Well, here’s what happened.  In 10 days these people had complete relief of pain inflammation that they hadn’t had in 15 to 20 years.  In 30 days they could open up a new pickle jar that had never been opened without pain to the fingers, wrists, elbows and shoulders.  In 90 days 28 of the 29 were clinically cured.  Now this is from the Harvard Medical School and the Boston VA.  That meant that they had complete return, 100% return, of the range of motion, all of the pain and inflammation was gone, in their fingers and toes and hips and knees and neck, and certainly many of them still had knots on their fingers, cause it was only 90 days, and you would think they would call me up, these professors from Harvard Medical School and from the Boston VA, and say “Look, Wallach, we have to apologize to you.  We’ve been bad-mouthing you for 20 years and why don’t you come up to Boston, let’s talk about the whole thing?”  Here’s what they said, “After 3 months it was clear that the drug was beneficial.”

Chicken cartilage had become a drug in 90 days!  Now why would that happen?  Well, because you can’t patent chicken cartilage, and they convinced the US Patent Office that they were using a drug to do this study, and they actually got a use-patent on chicken cartilage.  And you, too, for $3500 a month, can get Harvard Medical School’s chicken cartilage in a capsule for arthritis.  (You can get it for 30 cents a day… ha, ha).  That’s kind of interesting.  And of course,  cartilage or gelatine, has chondroitin sulfate in it, glucosamine sulfate, collagen, these are all the basic raw materials to rebuild cartilage and bone.  Now again I have been telling my human patients this for 20 years.  They’ve been using gelatine and cartilage for race horses for 100 years for their cartilage and ligaments and joints.  And in 1995, a Luke Bucci, an exercise physiologist came out with a great book called “Pain Free”, and he talks about the advantages of gelatine and cartilage and glucosamine sulfate and chondroitin sulfate and collagen for regrowing cartilage, ligaments, tendons, connective tissue, bone foundation, bone matrix, he does this with nutrition.  He does this with glucosamine sulfate and chondroitin sulfate and collagen and cartilage and gelatine.  Just a couple of months ago, a medical doctor, Dr. Jason Theodisakus, MD, wrote the “Arthritis Cure”, subtitle “the medical miracle that can halt, reverse and may even can cure osteoarthritis.”

Cholesterol life span

1) People with high cholesterol live the longest.

Consider the finding of Dr. Harlan Krumholz of the Department of Cardiovascular Medicine at Yale University, who reported in 1994 that old people with low cholesterol died twice as often from a heart attack as did old people with a high cholesterol.


Krumholz HM and others. Lack of association between cholesterol and coronary heart disease mortality and morbidity and all-cause mortality in persons older than 70 years. Journal of the American Medical Association 272, 1335-1340, 1990.

2) The oiling of America (I love this one!  For all the no meat diet theories!)

In 1957, Dr. Norman Jolliffe, Director of the Nutrition Bureau of the New York Health Department initiated the Anti-Coronary Club, in which a group of businessmen, ranging in age from 40 to 59 years, were placed on the Prudent Diet. Club members used corn oil and margarine instead of butter, cold breakfast cereals instead of eggs and chicken and fish instead of beef. Anti-Coronary Club members were to be compared with a “matched” group of the same age who ate eggs for breakfast and had meat three times a day. Jolliffe, an overweight diabetic confined to a wheel chair, was confident that the Prudent Diet would save lives, including his own.

In 1966 the results of Dr. Jolliffe’s Anti-Coronary Club experiment were published in the Journal of the American Medical Association.

Those on the Prudent Diet of corn oil, margarine, fish, chicken and cold cereal had an average serum cholesterol of 220, compared to 250 in the meat-and-potatoes control group.

However, the study authors were obliged to note that there were eight deaths from heart disease among Dr. Jolliffe’s Prudent Diet group, and none among those who ate meat three times a day.

Dr. Jolliffe was dead by this time. He succumbed in 1961 from a vascular thrombosis, although the obituaries listed the cause of death as complications from heart disease.

3) High cholesterol  foods vs high cholesterol

It is also important to understand that eating high cholesterol foods will not automatically lead to high cholesterol levels in the blood. Nor will it automatically lead to heart disease.

The Masai is an African tribe whose members eats only meat, blood and milk. Their diet has plenty of saturated fats as well as high cholesterol foods. Yet they have one of the world’s lowest levels of blood cholesterol.

Dr. George V. Mann, a Johns Hopkins-educated biochemist and physician on the faculty of Vanderbilt University in Nashville, one of the scientists who studied the Masai, described the idea that saturated fats and cholesterol cause heart disesase as “the greatest scam in the history of medicine.”

In India, North Indians, eat more meat and used mainly ghee (clarified butter) for cooking, compared with South Indians who were mainly vegetarian.

The North Indian diet had 17 times more saturated fat than the South Indian diet. Plus, of course, the North Indians ate plenty of high cholesterol foods.

Yet a 1968 study found that North Indians had seven times less heart disease than Indians in the South.

This was because, by the late 60s, South Indians had started the switch from coconut oil, which contains about 90 percent saturated fats, to margarine and other polyunsaturated vegetable oils.

More recent studies show that North Indians are finally begin to catch up with the South in heart disease rates – because North Indians have started to use less ghee and more margarine and vegetable oils.

Dr. Wallach has a unique hobby, collecting MD obituaries. Here is some interesting data:

 “A recent favorite of mine is Dr. W.T.N., 48, captain of the “Dream Team” of cardiologists who cared for the late Reggie Lewis, 27, captain of the Boston Celtics. (Reggie Lewis died of a cardiomyopathy heart attack. A simple computer search at the library would have turned up the large-scale study showing the only known reason for cardiomyopathy to be a simple selenium deficiency.)”

“Dr. W.T.N. taught at Harvard, was cardiac expert for NBA, and finished the Boston Marathon three times. You guessed it- he died one and a half years after Reggie from the same type of heart attack. Dr. W.T.N. forgot that the human body needs something more than drugs, pacemakers and surgery. They both died from mineral deficiencies.

For the Racehorse theory, inflammation is a huge indicator and has affected all of us at one point or the other.  Needing mineral supplementation in our body is mandatory to our joints, vascular system, the way the entire body works.

As athletes, the joints, tendons and ligaments are always under wear and tear.  Overtraining can rob the body of minerals when they are perspired out and not replaced.  When we lose minerals for instance, magnesium, selenium are primary functions along with CoQ10 for cardiovascular reasons among others, and we see what the FDA itself has said about too many NSAIDS, and a desire for alternative means for just pain.

Supplements such as serrapeptaste, curcumin and others have anti inflammatory effects.  Also adjustments with your favorite chiropractor is a very needed avoidance of future chronic joint, neck or spine injuries.  Of course on the subject of pain, inflammation, tension and inuries, I have to add the St. Jude’s Miracle OilTM pain product.  I tested the SJMO at a bodybuilding event as a vendor.

We noted that we had 100% reduction in everyone’s pain.  I do go along with the FDA by agreeing that we need alternative pain reducers, but reducers that actually help the body, not degenerate it.  Serrapeptaste, curcumin, wobenzyme and others are all in medical journals.  For topical, I have tried everything, bought everything, and I still believe my product the St. Jude’s Miracle Oil is the best product for pain, and we found some great research from John Hopkins and other medical centers on what some ingredients in our oil does for many other symptoms.  For more info, go to the website for benefits of the oil section:

Pain causes almost 13% in the US for lost time at work.  We need to start with our nutrition, supplementation, and if you can find a good caregiver, that’s a start.  There are great doctors out there that really mean well, and we just have to shop around.  And there are good alternative doctors too, beginning with your chiropractor.

Professor William Vandry


1 (Whelton A et al 1991).

2 An estimated 10-20% of NSAID patients experience dyspepsia, and NSAID-associated upper gastrointestinal adverse events are estimated to result in 103,000 hospitalizations and 16,500 deaths per year in the United States, and represent 43% of drug-related emergency visits. Many of these events are avoidable; a review of physician visits and prescriptions estimated that unnecessary prescriptions for NSAIDs were written in 42% of visits. Kearney, Pm; Baigent, C; Godwin, J; Halls, H; Emberson, Jr; Patrono, C (June 2006). “Do selective cyclo-oxygenase-2 inhibitors and traditional nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs increase the risk of atherothrombosis? Meta-analysis of randomised trials” (Free full text). BMJ (Clinical research ed.) 332 (7553): 1302–8. doi:10.1136/bmj.332.7553.1302.ISSN 0959-8138PMC 1473048PMID 16740558

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5 The main adverse drug reactions (ADRs) associated with use of NSAIDs relate to direct and indirect irritation of the gastrointestinal (GI) tract. NSAIDs cause a dual assault on the GI tract: the acidic molecules directly irritate the gastricmucosa, and inhibition of COX-1 and COX-2 reduces the levels of protective prostaglandins. Traversa, G; Walker, Am; Ippolito, Fm; Caffari, B; Capurso, L; Dezi, A; Koch, M; Maggini, M; Alegiani, Ss; Raschetti, R (January 1995). “Gastroduodenal toxicity of different nonsteroidal antiinflammatory drugs”. Epidemiology (Cambridge, Mass.) 6 (1): 49–54. doi:10.1097/00001648-199501000-00010ISSN 1044-3983PMID 7888445.

6 NSAIDs can cause kidney problems, especially in the elderly and those with kidney disease… Any sudden weight gain or swelling should be reported to a physician. Anyone with kidney disease should avoid these drugs. – NY Times Health

7 A 2005 study linked long term (over 3 months) use of NSAIDs, including ibuprofen, with a 1.4 times increased risk of erectile dysfunction.^ Shiri et al (Received 2005-05-21). “Effect of Nonsteroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drug Use on the Incidence of Erectile Dysfunction”Journal of Urology 175 (5): 1812–1816. Retrieved 12 June 2011.  And  “Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs linked to increased risk of erectile dysfunction” 2 March 2011. Retrieved 7 June 2011.

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Professor William Vandry’s View- April 2012 St. Jude’s Miracle Oil at the 2012 NPC Texas Shredder Classic Expo!

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William Vandry in vendor booth busy with pain complainers in life!

soreness. Stress. Irritation. Allergies. We all get them, and in my article on, I have a similar article discussing my new product that has been recently made, and is also filed with the US Trademark and Patent office.

Co-vendor for St. Jude’s Miracle Oil, Nurse Chandra!

As many know, my product was a motivation due to two of my students that had major hip and knee surgeries that I found is relieved with essential oils.  As an athlete my entire life, I always remember the injuries.

Professor Vandry at the vendor booth with St. Jude’s Miracle Oil!

I developed my product I named after my patron saint, St. Jude, the patron saint of miracles and lost causes.

I developed this product for a reason.  For Cooling, Soothing, Relaxing and Uplifting effect. Many of us have stress, missed a night of sleep, twisted an ankle, have a headache, drank too much caffeine or didnt drink enough water. Those and many other things break down.You have to take a humble approach in life.  Dealing with injuries can make a person fret, or simply try to find a way to overcome.

My wife and I got our feet wet by attending Diane Hurley and Dave Gooden’s Texas bodybuilding competition called the Texas Shredder.  I enjoyed Diane and Dave’s ideas, and their promotion of natural bodybuilding.  I myself have always promoted natural means of diet, nutrition, and supplementation in life.  Diane and Dave (owner’s of the Austinpopular gym Hyde parkgym promotes their Texas Shredder, and I thought the level of natural bodybuilding has jumped so far ahead, and I saw the great competitors.  More so, Diane had a handicapped division of bodybuilders, but I didn’t really handicapped persons competing.  It was a great development of three bodybuilders who just happened to have had a handicap, not handicapped people doing bodybuilding.  The crowd went absolutely berserk, and I cheered for them myself.  What motivation.

Handicapped competitors of the Texas Shredder 2012 with Guest Poser: Nick Scott, Pro Wheelchair Bodybuilder


Women’s fitness division (William Vandry photos)

Chandra and I enjoyed speaking with many people in our booth at the expo to promote the oil.  As a Martial artist, and someone who does bodybuilding and powerlifting training at the gym, I really enjoyed the good karma among the competitors, and people like Dave and Diana.  Dave is a pro bodybuilder in the IFBB, and Diana is an NPC judge, promoter of the Texas Shredder Classic & Texas State Natural body building shows in Austin TX, is a fitness model, She is also a recent breast cancer survivor who has become a very inspirational writer and blogger about the cancer journey.

I had a busy day with interested people approaching our booth.  I would say almost each person that came to my booth stressed they had stress, tension, migraines, knee pains, and shoulder injuries, etc. which are typical of people who bodybuild or lift weights.  A  We let each person try the oil using the method of armatherpy, and they wanted to use the blend of essential oils on their particular discomfort, and I am happy to say we had a 100% success rate at relieving much of their stress, pain, etc., to some that actually completely relieved within 2-15 minutes.

Chandra and I had a great time observing the competitors, meeting the promoters and staff, and most of all, we were very pleased to observe the effect the oil had for many people who stopped in our Vendor booth.  We see our oil working very well, and look forward to 2012!

Professor William Vandry

3rd degree Black belt in Brazilian Jiu-jitsu, AND the inventor of St. Jude’s Miracle Oil!

William Vandry- BJJ In My Eyes- April 2012- St. Jude’s Miracle OilTM

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St. Jude’s Miracle Oil TM created for pain, tension, inflammation and injuries

I have been teaching for over 15 years. When I first began training in BJJ under my mentor Carlos Machado and his brothers, I developed a path of many different areas. Overcoming areas that ended up becoming problem solving practice. Developing new ideas in the art of Brazilian Jiu-jitsu. Learning via experience how to teach, develop newer ideas teaching BJJ, and more importantly leading a community that we have an obligation as instructors to do so.

We have in my opinion the best martial arts community in the world. I am sure each community feels the same way, but our community does more than simply train in class or has a dinner award. We train, search ideas, new techniques, and develop sweat, blood and tears to become better at your physical skills, your mental skills, psychological skills, and remember to lend your fellow student a hand. We all combine aid and support for each other whether someone just had a new baby, or a birthday, or was enduring a trying time in their life. We all support each other, each and every one of our schools in Texas and Arizona, and Afghanistan.

We develop community events such as pub meetings or annual Halloween events, as well as fundraising for needed causes. We also support fellow students in difficult times.

Overcoming setbacks are a challenge to everyone in life. Everyone. We do two different possibilities when challenged with a setback; 1) quit, 2) overcome.

Do we have a choice? Absolutely. We view life at times as bad luck or tough times, or ‘It’s not fair’.

I have had many students overcome injuries. Many have endured or struggled with them. I understand the process of recovery.

I remember a long time ago I had a very serious injury that halted everything in my life.

I remember overcoming this injury telling myself every day:

“Get up. Get up. Get your rear end up.”

And I did fortunately. And it took a lot of my faith to strengthen that.

Healing and recovery are ways to challenge setbacks. Self-motivation and assurance are an attribute as well. In the art of BJJ, and of all the students I have the pleasure to teach and mentor, I hear of an old injury or nagging injury or something that is debilitating to a student. These are not necessarily injuries from class. I have had two students injure their knee meniscus via yard work or something trivial.

These setbacks are common. Athletic injuries can be just as bad.

As an athlete my entire life, I understand setbacks, injuries and overcoming. Medical research is my primary vehicle to obtain information on the newest sciences of injuries, recovery, etc.

I wrote two past articles named “Treat yourself like a racehorse” part 1 and 2. Both articles discuss in depth illnesses that medical doctors such as Dr. Sherry Rogers MD discusses and points out relating nutrition and detoxification.

Television host and well-known MD, Dr. Oz made a statement on essential oils and in particular a few and their results:

•Smelling lavender oil can reduce the stress hormones in your blood. For help sleeping at night, put some on your pillow.
•Peppermint oil is one of the few essential oils that can be ingested. Mix with water to relieve indigestion and ease the symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome.

Essential oils and Inflammation (Frankincense on cartilage damage)
Boswellia frereana (frankincense) suppresses cytokine-induced matrix metalloproteinase expression and production of pro-inflammatory molecules in articular cartilage
Source: Connective Tissue Biology Laboratories, School of Biosciences, Cardiff University, Cardiff, UK. [email protected]

The aim of this study was to assess the anti-inflammatory efficacy of Boswellia frereana extracts in an in vitro model of cartilage degeneration and determine its potential as a therapy for treating osteoarthritis. This is the first report on the novel anti-inflammatory properties of Boswellia frereana in an in vitro model of cartilage degradation. We have demonstrated that B. frereana prevents collagen degradation, and inhibits the production of pro-inflammatory mediators and MMPs. Due to its efficacy we propose that B. frereana should be examined further as a potential therapeutic agent for treating inflammatory symptoms associated with arthritis.
Essential oils are an interesting subject. What does this have to do with BJJ? A lot. We are athletes and martial artists. Injuries are daily at home, class or work.

Two students motivated my research to develop St. Jude’s Miracle oilTM. When we have pain, we also are irritated, anxious, aggitated among other emotions.

I had done research on essential oils in the past I forgot about, and I had a file of references and research. This file remained there until earlier last year (2011) I had one of my black belts endure a very terrible plantar fasciatis sprain to his ankle. I searched to find anti inflammatory products such as the RICE method, biofreeze, other products such as panaway, bentonite clay packs, etc.. Nothing really worked to make a difference at a relatively short time.

And a little after, our school Doctor who had endured a major hip replacement surgery due to a past car accident also had sustained a tremendous amount of pain which impedes rest, sleep, comfort and constant irritation.

I went back to research pain and inflammation. And many other things such as soothing, cooling feelings. Relaxation. Calming. Too many to name. I then stumbled on a file I had totally forgotten. My research on essential oils. I opened the file as if it were meant to be waiting for me from a divine source. I reviewed what I was looking at, and since I had tried other products, I thought: “William, why don’t you make your own, since there is not a specific one for athletes?”

I developed a combination of the 9 essential oils in my product that is now on the market called St. Jude’s Miracle OilTM.

I was compelled to develop this. I knew it could be helpful. When I developed the prototype oil, I began to try it on myself when I was recovering from weight training, cardio or Jiu-jitsu soreness after training. I noticed my recovery time, which is relatively fast due to my supplements and nutrition and proper rest, was enhanced with my experimental oil. I carried it with me every where I went, and at my academy when a student had asked if he or she wanted to try the oil. At this time we have had a 100% success at relieving.

This began to fascinate me. My chemist at the lab had finalized my exact combination, which of course is a trade secret protected by Trade secret law by the US Patent and Trademark office (so we will keep it that way! 😉

I began a facebook page on the St. Jude’s Miracle Oil. This product, which I have filed under the trademark and patent office, was named after St. Jude Thaddeus. For those who do not know who St. Jude is, or has a different religion or belief and are not aware of whom he was, he was and is the patron saint of lost causes. St. Jude was a cousin of Christ in the New Testament.

I felt this name was proper for this product. Now what does this product do? The blend of essential oils serves many purposes.

Before we start, here is my disclaimer on this product or anything discussed on this website:
Information within this site is for educational purposes only. The U.S. Food & Drug Administration has not evaluated statements about the product efficacy. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

The information presented through this web site is not medical advice, and is not given as medical advice. Nor is it intended to propose or offer to propose a cure for any disease or condition. Before starting any medical treatment, please consult your physician.

This site contains links to other Internet sites. These links are not endorsements of any products or services in such sites, and no information in such site has been endorsed or approved by this site.

The Properties of Essential Oils

Pure Essential Oils Have Very High Frequency. Everything has frequency. In his book The Body Electric, Dr. Robert O. Becker establishes that the human body has an electrical frequency and that much about a person’s health can be determined by the person’s frequency.

In 1992, Bruce Tainio of Tainio Technology, an independent division of Eastern State University in Cheney, Washington, built the first frequency monitor in the world. Tainio determined that the average frequency of the human body during the daytime is 62 to 68 MHz. (A healthy body frequency is (62 – 72 MHz.) When the frequency drops, the immune system is compromised.

Dr. Tainio states that f the frequency drops to 58 MHz, cold and flu symptoms appear. At 55 MHz, diseases like Candida take hold; at 52 MHz, Epstein-Barr and at 42 MHz, Cancer.

According to Dr. Royal R. Rife, every disease has a frequency. He found that certain frequencies can prevent the development of disease and that others would destroy disease. Substances with higher frequency will destroy diseases of lower frequency. The study of frequencies raises an important question about the frequencies of the substances we eat, breathe, and absorb. Many pollutants lower healthy frequency. Processed/canned food has a frequency of ZERO!! The frequency of fresh produce is only 15 MHz, dry herbs from 12 to 22 MHz and fresh herbs from 20 to 27 MHz. Essential Oils start at 52 MHz and go as high as 320 MHz.

Topical use of St. Jude’s Miracle Oil, and studies on essential oils:

According to researcher Dr. Jean Valnet, M.D., an essential oil that is directly applied to the skin can pass into the bloodstream and diffuse throughout the tissues in 20 minutes.

St. Jude’s miracle oil is applied topically, and usually takes effect within 3 minutes and in 20 minutes has the full effect. More recent studies have also documented the ability of essential oils to penetrate the stratum corneum (the upper layer of the skin) to reach the subdermal tissues and blood vessels beneath. (Huang et al., 1999; Ogiso et al., 1995.)

What Are Essential Oils?
Essential oil are the subtle, aromatic and volatile liquids extracted from the flowers, seeds, leaves, stems, bark and roots of herbs, bushes, shrubs, and trees, through distillation. According to ancient Egyptian hieroglyphics and Chinese manuscripts, priests and physicians were using essential oils thousands of years before Christ to heal the sick. They are the oldest form of remedies and cosmetics known to man and were considered more valuable than gold. There are 188 references to oils in the Bible. Science is only now beginning to investigate the incredible healing properties of essential oils.

St. Jude’s miracle oil has an anti-histaminic action, with its cooling, soothing and even anti-inflammatory action.

St. Jude’s miracle oil contains a special blend of 9 special essential oils.

Essential Oils

The following is an excerpt from Essential Oils Desk Reference Third Edition Compiled by Essential Science Publishing. (page 355):

Inflammation can be caused by a variety of conditions, including bacterial infection, poor diet, chemicals, hormonal imbalance, and physical injury.

Certain essential oils have been documented to be excellent for reducing inflammation. German chamomile contains azulene, a blue compound with highly anti-inflammatory properties. Peppermint is also highly anti-inflammatory.

Other oils with anti-inflammatory properties include helichrysum, spruce, wintergreen, and clove.

Here are some amazing testimonies from our St. Jude’s Miracle oil face book page:

“So I twisted my ankle attempting to do some agility exercises….And my ankle instantly swelled up. Went home iced it + ibuprofen and decided to get x-rays. X-rays negative…..Started using St.Jude’s Miracle Oil and the pain relief was so significant i stop using ibuprofen. Been applying twice a day and staying off my foot and im having no pain at all…This is an extremely bad injury, Carter’s was worse i think. But im extremely impressed my pain level is at a 1 out of ten without any NSAIDS.”

Barely one week later, Matt had these results from applying the oil: “8 days later, St. Jude’s Miracle oil fixed my ankle”
–Matthew Brazile

“My daughter recently sent me St. Jude’s oil and I must say it worked very well on my headaches. I was in a horrific car accident on June 24th, which left me with five broken ribs, a punctured lung, headaches and hip pain. Once I received the oil, the real problem was the headaches. I have headaches only on one side of my head and once the pain starts, I rub some St. Jude’s oil into my neck and massage for a few minutes, which completely annihilates the headache. The smell of the oil is also awesome. I would highly recommend the oil for anyone with pain.”
–Veronica M.

If you are interested in ordering the St. Jude’s Miracle oil, stop by the academy or you can order online at the website

And now, back to the mat, a little less sore, and keep the inflammation down!

Professor William Vandry

Professor William Vandry’s View – William Vandry Quarterly Seminar Packed House of BJJ Students with Guest Master Carlos Machado in Attendance

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March 3 was a huge BJJ chapter in the state of Texas.  The VBJJA quarterly association clinic, which is a quarterly seminar designed for the Vandry Association of Jiu-jitsu students across academies in Texas and other states, and students from Arizona, California, and from all over Texas.

Vandry began the seminar with developmental techniques from the guard, regaining the triangle choke.  The technique featured the ‘Breakdance technique’, which is an angle Vandry displayed on recovering the guard or triangle when opponent beats the legs.

The elbow lock follow up by Vandry was expanded by Machado, who taught follow up elbow locks, the ‘straightjacket’ guard to more finishes to chokes.

An enthusiastic packed seminar with close to 100 students eagerly absorbed the drills, the knowledge and advice from Vandry and Machado.

Awards were given out to William Vandry’s top three Black belts, Manny Galvan, Carter Fisk, and Gary Claxton.

“Gary Claxton was always my most senior student.  He was my right hand Captain of my community, and all of my black belts give praise and thanks, because he also helped all of them develop.  Gary was everyone’s big brother.”  Vandry stated.

Carter Fisk and Manny Galvan, two of Vandry’s first BJJ Black belts, officially became Professor Vandry’s first two first degree Black belts.

“Carter and Manny have been my two senior students, and we award Gary Claxton his as well, although he is now resting in peace, I still feel we owed him that, as he would have received his last year not much longer after he passed away.

Carter and Manny have led my principles and philosophies engrained to me by my mentor Master Carlos Machado.  They have kept their principles etched in stone as to what I feel are among certain protocols of earning a Black belt and especially first degrees:

  1. Develop skills and maintain them with constant training.
  2. Keep in shape year around when you are a Black belt.
  3. Mentor others, and lead by example
  4. Self serving is against principles, but giving and spreading respect, knowledge, philosophy to others is.
  5. Keep a covenant with your lineage.


This should be what this is about.  I also enjoy the respect I have with all of my Black belts, their loyalty, their respect, and their aid to keep spreading our message.”  Vandry said.

Professor William Vandry – 3rd Degree BJJ Black Belt


Dr. Stan’s Spirit, Mind and Approaches to BJJ

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Holiday and Post Holiday “Blues”

By Dr. Stan Seidner

Okay, so I may be depressed today after these holidays.  I may not have really wanted to visit someone…and, those expenses! I expected something. It didn’t happen. I may have turned to some bad habits that are bad for me…especially when I remembered something painful happened around this time.  Jordana Mansbacher summarized a number of conditions that might bring about either holiday or post-holiday depression.Do any of these sound familiar?

Finances – You may have noticed that our economic climate these days are not so great. There are many people out of work who were not in this position last year. You may have had to take a pay cut this past year, or even demoted or changed jobs that pay you less. More and more people are losing income and this causes one to feel sad that they cannot afford to give as much during the holiday season. You may even feel that you do not have enough money to make a complete holiday meal, or decorate your house the way you want because of the electricity bill associated with some decorations. These are real issues that can result in your feeling down, lethargic and not motivated to be in the celebratory mood.

Expectations – During the holidays we have expectations of what we hope to get from others or how we want to be recognized. You may be hoping for the annual Christmas Bonus at work, or a similar gift from a loved one or friend that you got last year. Chances are, as most people are suffering financially, this may not be the case for you this year and your expectations and hopes could be dashed. This will cause a post-holiday depression….

Relationships – If you are in a relationship you may be hoping for a wedding proposal, a gift to commemorate the amount of time you have been with your partner or some big display of grandiosity. You get yourself psyched up and tell yourself that your loved one will really prove themselves to you through gifts. If this does not occur, you will feel rejected, sad and disappointed. If you and your partner are having relationship difficulties, this time of year can exacerbate those problems because of the stress everyone is under and you may even feel that you or your partner is pulling away emotionally. This can also lead to depressive feelings and symptoms.

Substance Usage – Substances such as alcohol and marijuana are depressants. They cause physiological depression and emotional depression. During this time of year, people tend to “party” more and use more of these substances that contribute to feelings of sadness, lethargy, dehydration, sleep problems all leading to feeling ‘blue’.

Anniversary Reactions and Loss – If you have lost a loved one or friend in years past around the holidays, it is quite possible you will have an anniversary reaction. This means that you begin to remember your lost loved one and feel sad that they are not here to celebrate with you. You may even go so far as to not want to celebrate the holidays at all without this person alive, especially if you have lost someone very recently. The holidays can trigger many grief reactions such as depression, anger, hostility, regret and guilt. If you have not begun to process your grief yet, you will especially feel intense feelings during the holidays. If you have processed the loss, you still may feel a slight regression into grief and bereavement. This is normal, but if you do notice an extreme change in your emotional state or your ability to function, then you need to seek out professional help.” [i]

The holiday blues or holiday depression most commonly occur during the December holidays running from before Christmas to after New Year’s day. Mental Help America points out that there are many people who experience post-holiday let down or post-holiday blues after the first of January. Dyer  notes: “According to the University of Maryland Medical Center’s Mental Health Center, holiday blues are feelings of sadness, loneliness, depression and even anxiety in and around the holiday season.[ii]

If left unaddressed, depression can lead to other serious outcomes. Various studies have indicated a range from actual deterioration in health, and death.[iii] In a historical cohort of over 7,000 subjects, a recent study at the Mayo clinic suggested that, “pessimistic, anxious, and depressive personality traits are associated with an increased risk of all-cause mortality even when they are measured early in life. The findings are similar for men and women.”[iv] The staff at the Mayo clinic offers these practical tips:[v]

Acknowledge your feelings. If someone close to you has recently died or you can’t be with loved ones, realize that it’s normal to feel sadness and grief. It’s OK to take time to cry or express your feelings. You can’t force yourself to be happy just because it’s the holiday season.

Reach out. If you feel lonely or isolated, seek out community, religious or other social events. They can offer support and companionship. Volunteering your time to help others also is a good way to lift your spirits and broaden your friendships.   Be realistic. The holidays don’t have to be perfect or just like last year. As families change and grow, traditions and rituals often change as well. Choose a few to hold on to, and be open to creating new ones. For example, if your adult children can’t come to your house, find new ways to celebrate together, such as sharing pictures, emails or videos.   Set aside differences. Try to accept family members and friends as they are, even if they don’t live up to all of your expectations. Set aside grievances until a more appropriate time for discussion. And be understanding if others get upset or distressed when something goes awry. Chances are they’re feeling the effects of holiday stress and depression, too.  Stick to a budget. Before you go gift and food shopping, decide how much money you can afford to spend. Then stick to your budget. Don’t try to buy happiness with an avalanche of gifts.  Try these alternatives: Donate to a charity in someone’s name, give homemade gifts or start a family gift exchange.

Plan ahead. Set aside specific days for shopping, baking, visiting friends and other activities. Plan your menus and then make your shopping list. That’ll help prevent last-minute scrambling to buy forgotten ingredients. And make sure to line up help for party prep and cleanup.

Learn to say no. Saying yes when you should say no can leave you feeling resentful and overwhelmed. Friends and colleagues will understand if you can’t participate in every project or activity. If it’s not possible to say no when your boss asks you to work overtime, try to remove something else from your agenda to make up for the lost time.

Don’t abandon healthy habits. Don’t let the holidays become a free-for-all. Overindulgence only adds to your stress and guilt. Have a healthy snack before holiday parties so that you don’t go overboard on sweets, cheese or drinks. Continue to get plenty of sleep and physical activity.

Take a breather. Make some time for yourself. Spending just 15 minutes alone, without distractions, may refresh you enough to handle everything you need to do. Take a walk at night and stargaze. Listen to soothing music. Find something that reduces stress by clearing your mind, slowing your breathing and restoring inner calm.  Seek professional help if you need it. Despite your best efforts, you may find yourself feeling persistently sad or anxious, plagued by physical complaints, unable to sleep, irritable and hopeless, and unable to face routine chores. If these feelings last for a while, talk to your doctor or a mental health professional.” [vi]

Finally, health and spiritual professionals are also subject to depression. We all learn something from the lessons life brings us. These include the holiday seasons. Here are some things that I have found helpful for myself:

  1. Experiencing depression does not make me weak or damaged. I find acknowledging and confronting it far more beneficial than denial.[vii]
  2. For me, spirituality becomes essential. There are many different forms of it. I use prayer, meditation and love…and seek the beauty and good in people, and in my environment.[viii]
  3. I maintain strong social contacts throughout, not just during holiday seasons. Where I cannot do so in quantity, I immerse myself in the quality.[ix]
  4. If injury prevents me from actually training at martial arts, I find that the exercises I am able to do, however limited, lift my spirit.[x]
  5. My focus fixes on positive happenings in my life. It enables me to express gratitude.[xi]
  6. I look for enough physical, mental and spiritual rest throughout the year. While I can’t get back lost rest, I seek restorative rest.[xii]
  7. For me, identifying worthwhile things to do is more important than seeking material gifts. This usually takes the form of time and efforts devoted to others in need.[xiii]
  8. Limiting overeating and overdrinking during the year…. That’s another one. Holiday binging can carry over. I focus on enjoying events without nervous eating and drinking.[xiv]
  9. I learned that the company of friends who are family and family who are friends are most important to me throughout the year. I do not have to seek their approval through extravagant gifts and cooking. Nor do I need to stress by trying to decorate or present the perfect house. We love and accept one another, warts and all.[xv]
  10. For any offenses toward others, I seek forgiveness. I try to recognize what they were and their impact upon others. Tomorrow I’ll try harder to do, and be better.[xvi]

Finally, I cannot stress enough to all my brothers and sisters on the mat, if you need help, seek it. Seeking help is not weakness. It is strength! Nor does seeking help mean that one has failed. On the contrary, it becomes the breakthrough toward success![xvii] The best of a good and bountiful year to you all!

[i]Jordana Mansbacher, Holiday and Post Holiday Depression is Real, Dec. 1, 2011.

[ii] Kirsti A. Dyer, “Coping with the Holiday Blues or Depression: Making it Through Christmas and New Year when Blue or Depressed,” Personal Development: Suite 101.

[iii]Saba Moussavi, et. al., “Depression, chronic diseases, and decrements in health: results from the World Health Surveys,” The Lancet,  370, no. 9590, (Sept.2007): 851–858; Lawson R. Wulsin, “Does Depression Kill?” Archives of Internal Medicine, 160, no. 12 (2000):1731-1732.  Arnstein Mykletun, et. al., “Anxiety, Depression, and Cause-Specific Mortality: The HUNT Study,” Psychosomatic Medicine, 69, no. 4 (2007): 323-331; Richard Schulz, et. al., “Association Between Depression and Mortality in Older Adults: The Cardiovascular Health Study,” Archives of Internal Medicine, 160, no. 12, (2000): 1761-1768.

[iv] Brandon R. Grossardt, et. al., “Pessimistic, Anxious, and Depressive Personality Traits Predict All-Cause Mortality: The Mayo Clinic Cohort Study of Personality and Aging,” Psychosomatic Medicine, 71, no. 5 (2009): 491–500.

[v] The Mayo Clinic, “Stress, depression and the holidays: Tips for coping,” Mayo Clinic.

[vi] The Mayo Clinic, “Stress, depression and the holidays: Tips for coping,” Mayo Clinic.

[vii] Ketterer and his colleagues found that denial of depression and unprovoked nocturnal awakening “appear to be independent correlates of coronary artery disease.” Mark W. Ketterer, et. al., “Denial of Depression as an Independent Correlate of Coronary Artery Disease,” Journal of Health Psychology, 1, no. 1 (1996): 93-105; see also; see also Mark W. Ketterer, et. al., “Men deny and women cry, but who dies? Do the wages of ‘denial’ include early ischemic coronary heart disease?” Journal of Psychosomatic Research, 56 (2004): 119– 123.

[viii] See Shannon Hodges, “Mental Health, Depression, and Dimensions of Spirituality and Religion,” Journal of Adult Development, 9, no. 2, (2002): 109-115; Caroline R. Ellermann, “Self-Transcendence and Depression in Middle-Age Adults,” Western Journal of Nursing Research, 23 no. 7 (2001): 698-713;  A study by Young and his colleagues noted that preliminary support “was found for the moderating effect of spirituality among an adult population, particularly in providing protection against depression.” J. Scott Young, et. al., “The moderating relationship of spirituality on negative life events and psychological adjustment,” Counseling and Values, 45, (2000): 49-57.

[ix] See Sheldon Cohen, and Harry M.  Hoberman, “Positive events and social supports as buffers of life change stress,” Journal of Applied Social Psychology, 13, no. 2, (1983): 99-125; Fran H. Norris, F., and Krzysztof  Kaniasty, “Received and perceived social support in times of stress: A test of the social support deterioration deterrence model,” Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 71, no. 3, (1996): 498-511.

[x] In a longitudinal study, Harris and his associates found that more “physical activity was associated with less concurrent depression, even after controlling for gender, age, medical problems, and negative life events.”  Alex H.S. Harris, et. al., “Physical activity, exercise coping, and depression in a 10-year cohort study of depressed patients,” Journal of Affective Disorders, 93, no. 1–3, (2006): 79–85; see also  Terry C. Camacho, et. al. “Physical Activity and Depression: Evidence from the Alameda County Study,” American Journal of Epidemiology, 134, no. 2 (1991): 220-231.

[xi] A study on the effect of gratitude upon depression found  that gratitude decreased (or prevented an increase) in reports of depressive symptoms. The practice of  gratitude also enabled people to reframe otherwise negative experiences as potentially positive experiences. … Yet positive reframing was not the only mediator. We also predicted, and found, that gratitude increases (or prevents a decrease) in positive emotion, which, in turn, is related to fewer depressive symptoms.” Nathaniel M. Lambert, et. al., “Gratitude and depressive symptoms: The role of positive reframing and positive emotion,” Cognition and Emotion, (2011): 1-19; also Robert A. Emmons, and Michael E. McCullough, “Counting Blessings Versus Burdens: An Experimental Investigation of Gratitude and Subjective Well-Being in Daily Life,” Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 84, no. 2, (2003): 377–389; Alex M. Wood, et. al., “Gratitude predicts psychological well-being above the Big Five facets,” Personality and Individual Differences, 46 (2009): 443–447.

[xii] For example, see Dieter Riemann, “Sleep and depression — results from psychobiological studies: an overview,” Biological Psychology, 57, no. 1–3, (2001): 67-103.

[xiii] See Stephen G. Post, “It’s good to be good: 2011 5th annual scientific report on health, happiness and helping others,” The International Journal of Person Centered Medicine, 1, no.4, (2011): 814-829;  Stephanie L. Brown, et. al., “Providing social support may be more beneficial than receiving it: results from a prospective study of mortality,” Psychological Science, 14, no. 4, (2003): 320-7; Zipora Magen, “Commitment beyond self and adolescence: The issue of happiness,” Social Indicators Research 37, no. 3 (1996): 235-267; Carolyn E. Schwartz, and Meier Sendor, “Helping others helps oneself: Response shift effects in peer support,” Social Science and Medicine, 48, (1999): 1563-1575; Carolyn E. Schwartz, et. al., “Altruistic social interest behaviors are associated with better mental health,” Psychosomatic Medicine, 65, (2003): 778-785.

[xiv] Katon writes: “The adverse effect of major depression on health habits, such as smoking, diet, over-eating, and sedentary lifestyle, its maladaptive effect on adherence to medical regimens, as well as direct adverse physiologic effects (i.e., decreased heart rate variability, increased adhesiveness of platelets) may explain this association with increased morbidity and mortality..” Wayne J Katon, “Clinical and health services relationships between major depression, depressive symptoms, and general medical illness,” Biological Psychiatry, 54, no. 3, ( 2003): 216–22.

[xv] See Ryan E. Adams, et. al. “The presence of a best friend buffers the effects of negative experiences,” Developmental Psychology, 47, no. 6, (2011): 1786-1791;   Jeffrey R. Edwards, and Cary L. Cooper, “The impacts of positive psychological states on physical health: Review and theoretical framework,” Social Science and Medicine 27, (1988): 1447-1459; Corey L. M. Keyes, “Promoting and protecting mental health as flourishing,” American Psychologist, 62, no. 2, (2007): 95-108. James H Fowler, and Nicholas A Christakis, “Dynamic spread of happiness in a large social network: longitudinal analysis over 20 years in the Framingham Heart Study,” British Medical Journal, 337, no. a2338, (2008): 1-9

[xvi]A study involving a national sample found that the act of having forgiven one’s self or others was negatively correlated with depression.  Loren L. Toussaint, et. al., “Why forgiveness may protect against depression: Hopelessness as an explanatory mechanism,” Personality and Mental Health, 2, no 2, (2008): 89–103; also Thomas W. Baskin, and Robert D. Enright, “Intervention Studies on Forgiveness: A Meta-Analysis,” Journal of Counseling and Development, 82, no. 1 (2004): 79-90; Witvliet and her colleagues found that acts of forgiveness resulted in grater positive emotions, empathy, perceptions of self-control and joy, as well as  less physiological stress. Conversely, remaining unforgiving resulted in negative emotions and greater stress. Charlotte vanOyen Witvliet, et. al.,  “Granting forgiveness or harboring grudges: implications for emotion, physiology, and health,” Psychological Science, 12, no. 2,  (2001):117-23.

[xvii] I found this a good read! Terrence Real, Don’t Want to Talk About It: Overcoming the Secret Legacy of Male Depression, New York, N.Y: Fireside, 1998. See also Toni Schofield, et al., “Understanding Men’s Health and Illness: A Gender-relations Approach to Policy, Research, and Practice,” Journal of American College Health, Volume 48, Issue 6, 2000, 247-256

Professor William Vandry’s View – 2011 Christmas Article

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Professor Vandry’s View

by Professor William Vandry

The Gift of giving over the Holidays, and selfless nature of a Martial artist, my thanks and gratitude to all of my Vandry BJJ students!!

Whew.  I have already submitted an article this month on the year in review on along with two articles here on Women clinics I have taught, and a positive community of the best BJJ students in the world.  Our community I am so proud of not simply from the accomplishments of our champions in tournaments, or the talent exhibited on the mat, but from the sharing with each other with 11 other Vandry BJJ Association Schools.

My students came together for one of my students that passed away earlier this year.  We always support each other.  I learned from my parents how to offer a hand to those less fortunate, and for the correct reasons.

I always believe your work for your fellow man is greater than your own.  Sometimes a student just needs advice or just to talk to his instructor, or senior students or fellow students.

It’s a therapy we have always had.  I lectured one of my students who had been working, and catching up in life to send me an email to let me know he is doing ok.  It is always important for me to know a student is ok if I haven’t seen him in class.  It may be overworking, it may be homelife or they may have caught a flu.  I always want them to know that I do care for my community.

Community is giving.  What many don’t know is where community comes from.

Our community events for 2012 are already planned:

VBJJA Quarterly Clinics

March 3, 2012   12-4 p.m.

June 2, 2012  12-4 p.m.

September 1, 2012  12-4 p.m.

December 1, 2012  12-4 p.m.

Children’s & Teens Anti-Bullying Clinic

January 21, 2012   1-4 p.m.

Women’s Self Defense Clinics

February 4, 2012  1-4 p.m.

May 5, 2012  1-4 p.m.

August 4, 2012 1-4pm

November 3, 2012  1-4 p.m.

Other Events

October 27, 2012   3rd Annual Club VIP Halloween event and costume contest

What is our agenda?  What is our point?  This is where the discussion and understanding of true giving, community and selflessness come from.

I understand community very well.  In private, I own a small non-profit corporation that deals with helping those less fortunate.  Giving to give is what giving is about.  What exactly does this mean in our society?  First, my philosophy has never been to wait for the holidays to make an appearance.  I think we should look out for our fellow community 365 days a year. We start with the practice of Altruism:

  1. 1.     Altruism is a concern for the welfare of others. It is a traditional virtue in many cultures, and a core aspect of various religious traditions, though the concept of ‘others’ toward whom concern should be directed can vary among cultures and religions. Altruism is the opposite of selfishness.

You don’t have to be a millionaire to be altruistic, just well intended and concerned for the welfare of others.  Our community always supports each other.  And at times there will be people you help and they don’t appreciate it or are thankless.  Don’t worry about those.  I know so well about these types, I myself have experienced them all my life.

Those are the types that believe in me, me, and me.  I don’t. There is a book I am writing that is called The Male-Female survival kit.  I have been writing this book for almost three years and hope to finish it by the spring.  The book is not about living in the woods, or rubbing sticks together to make a fire.  It has to do more with the realities of life and dealing with them.  In chapter 8 of my book the header reads:

Chapter Eight

The I’m in I’mperfection

We are all I’mperfect, so deal with it.  Narcistic behavior is a hidden form of insecurity

We are imperfect creatures in this world.  Our Jiu-jitsu skills always need tweaking, our wind time, pace, breathing, etc.  And this transcends into your everyday life.  If you have a student that rushes to win, or becomes upset if he or she loses in class, they probably project that same psychology in every day life.

I have great students that help each other.  They follow my lead, my black belts, my brown and so on.  Everyone trains very tough but no one is here to hurt anyone.  They all work together.  At times we can have 100 people at one of my seminars, yet from all different cities, everyone still respects each other.  That is a community.

I read an interesting article on holiday donations and volunteers.  Many that volunteer in shelters, soup kitchens, and animal shelters are relatively good people.  Many do have a cause they believe in. And there are those that do it for different reasons.  This is an interesting point:

It’s the holiday season and that means one thing: News reports showing political officials serving Thanksgiving dinners at soup kitchens and homeless shelters. Very few things get me as upset as this.

Folks, if you want to do a good deed on Thanksgiving or Christmas Day, please don’t pester your local homeless shelter. Stay home and enjoy your turkey and football and family dysfunction.

Several years ago, I was a supervisor in a large housing facility in Chicago that provided hundreds of hot meals every day. Every year at Thanksgiving or Christmas, we would be inundated with folks wanting to volunteer and serve meals on those days. We had to assign extra staff just to take care of all the phone calls.

I remember one woman who got very upset when she showed up to volunteer and it was suggested she help stock the shelves in the kitchen. Oh no! She wanted to work “with” the unfortunate homeless people. I’m sure she envisioned herself benevolently smiling to the less fortunate as she handed them a plate of food.

And yes, city officials made their appearance for the news teams. They’d crowd into the serving line and dish up green beans for half an hour, disrupting the entire operation, and then leave. All for show. They were serving their needs; not their constituents. 

Parents would drag their teenage children there to show them the unfortunate, homeless people in hopes of providing them with a lesson on how good they had it. (The Duggars did the same while visiting Washington D.C. last year.) Then, the parents would get upset when we didn’t have anything for them to do. I really wanted to tell these parents that our facility provided multiple services, but being a zoo wasn’t one of them. (Jim Bob Duggar, take note.)

Yes, volunteers are severely needed at these facilities – year round. There were wonderful people who faithfully showed up all year long to help out and I don’t know what we would have done without them. They answered phones, stocked shelves, unloaded delivery trucks – all behind the scenes.

These facilities serve meals every day and they have their routine down really well. Homeless people are hungry every day. It’s not like there’s a huge surge of them requiring sustenance just because it’s a holiday.

If you want your teenager to volunteer, great. Have the little darlings show up every Monday at 7:00 am before school, without fail, so they can unload the delivery truck in the back alley.

On Thanksgiving as you’re enjoying your turkey and gravy and find yourself wanting to help, do your local shelter a real favor.  Stay home, watch the game, and write a check.

I remember in 2001 there was a school district that needed to aid these families who had no thanksgiving.  When I spoke with them, they told me five families had nothing. And to make matters worse, they only had a total of about $30.00 in donations.

Where is the community and more so, where is the promotion of their community?  I asked them to meet me at a certain HEB.  They asked if I could just provide a ham so they could have a Thanksgiving dinner.  See, this is where a lot of the problem comes in.  We as martial artists are supposed to be philosophers, practitioners, and people who believe in their martial arts ethic.  We all practice this when training.  We always ask our partners: “Do you have any injuries I need to avoid?”

Going back to the 2001, I met with the school district, and I already had not a Thanksgiving ham for the families, but a month of groceries for each of these families that were easy to make, in case they did not have stoves or ovens to bake or cook.  And the most gratifying thing was when they asked me if I could give my address so they can send me a thank you card or a letter, I responded:

“Ms. ___, here is my point.  Whenever those who are in a tough bind in life, the worst thing at times is to lend a hand, and ask them to write a letter or thank the sponsor.  I believe they are already struggling to better their life, and their morale needs to be elevated, and they don’t need to meet me, thank me or be forced to write a thank you letter.  I say just tell them an angel is looking out for them.  If you get an absolute demand, of course I would be happy to talk to them.”

They contacted me the following Christmas asking for donations for gifts.  I told them to send me the list of wish gifts.  They kept responding by asking me to donate $50.00 per child cash.  After six emails, I noted that the wish list was irrelevant.  Just cash money, which I don’t have a clue where it is going.

I told them thank you, and I think I will take my cause elsewhere.

There are many great organizations.  A few years ago I spoke with the wife of the head of Austin’s Salvation Army.  Wow, what noble creatures they are.  They have such a selfless cause that I respect.

Any organization should serve their constituents.  The VBJJA supports each other and all of our causes from Jiu-jitsu, to our fellow students, community and so on.

I have a wonderful community I am proud to be part of.  If someone offered me $1 million, $10 million to buy my association or to somehow it was a stock thing or the like, I would sincerely tell them:

“The VBJJA and all of my students are worth their weight in gold.  These people are priceless.”

Merry Christmas and Happy New year to VBJJA students!

Professor William Vandry

Professor William Vandry’s View – 2011 Women’s Year in Review

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I have taught five women’s self defense clinics this year and each has been a successful turnout, and positive feedback.  Women have self confidence and an ability to overcome bigger, stronger assailants.

I note that each clinic I have taught, women are usually a little shy at first, but at the end, I have never taught a clinic where they did not enjoy the armlocks, chokes, reverses and the empowerment it gives them.


William Vandry Women’s self defense clinic Brownsville, Texas

Summer Women’s self defense clinic Austin Texas with student taught the flying armbar by Professor Vandry

Professor Vandry and assistant Black belt Ed Aiken teach fall Women’s self defense clinic Austin Texas

The main benefit after the clinic from the women seems to be about self confidence, and not fearing unknown variables of self defense.  This is a very positive aspect, and on youtube a few minutes recorded of women discussing my clinic really captivates what they gained:

The December clinic was a hit.  Despite the pouring rain, the women showed up for their training.  You women are the toughest and most awesome ones on the planet!

Professor Vandry at the Women’s self defense December clinic with awesome female students!

We look forward to formulating a quarterly self defense clinic for women in 2012.  If you are reading this and are interested, please register on our website and send us an email for more information.

Professor William Vandry

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